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Dr Kevin Hughes

Dr Kevin Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity


Dr Kevin Hughes graduated from Cranfield University where he obtained an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, prior to achieving his PhD in improving helicopter crashworthiness for impacts on water.

Kevin has extensive experience in teaching (including development and delivery of new modules) at MSc / Continued Professional Development level, Operating as an MSc Course Director since 2005, Kevin achieved Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy and has supervised over eighty MSc industry supported dissertation projects to completion.

Kevin's research interests are focused on the development of numerical simulation methods for non-linear structural analysis (including crashworthiness), which includes coupling finite element analysis to optimisation methods.  Utilising high fidelity modelling of structures and materials has led to research colloborations within automotive, aerospace and rail sectors.  


Kevin is responsible for the development and management of off-campus MSc programmes delivered at NSIRC, Cambridge, which includes the MSc in Structural Integrity, and provides modular lecture courses, student support and thesis project supervision at post graduate level.

Newest selected publications

Hughes, K., Vignjevic, R., De Vuyst, T., Campbell, J., Djordjevic, N., Gulavani, O. and et al. (2018) 'Transferring momentum: Novel drop protection concept for mobile devices'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 117. pp. 85 - 101. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

Journal article

Djordjevic, N., Vignjevic, R., Kiely, L., Case, S., De Vuyst, T., Campbell, J. and et al. (2018) 'Modelling of shock waves in fcc and bcc metals using a combined continuum and dislocation kinetic approach'. International Journal of Plasticity, 105 (June 2018). pp. 211 - 224. ISSN: 0749-6419 Open Access Link

Journal article

De Vuyst, T., Vignjevic, R., Azorin Albero, A., Hughes, K., Campbell, JC. and Djordjevic, N. (2017) 'The effect of the orientation of cubical projectiles on the ballistic limit and failure mode of AA2024-T351 sheets'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 104 (June 2017). pp. 21 - 37. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

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De Vuyst, T., Campbell, JC., Hughes, K. and Vignjevic, R. (2016) 'Prediction of the ballistic limit of an aluminium sandwich panel'.Numisheet 2016. Bristol, ENGLAND. 1 - 9 September. IOP Publishing. pp. 032089 - 032089. ISSN: 1742-6588 Open Access Link

Conference paper

Gulavani, O., Hughes, K. and Vignjevic, R. (2014) 'Explicit dynamic formulation to demonstrate compliance against quasi-static aircraft seat certification loads (CS25.561) -Part I: Influence of time and mass scaling'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 228 (11). pp. 1982 - 1995. ISSN: 0954-4100

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